Microsoft is working on improving it’s ‘Your Phone’ app for Windows 10 and frequently updating the app with lots of new features and settings. Those who don’t know, Your Phone app let you link your phone to Windows 10, and then you can access your phone right from the desktop.
Recently, Microsoft has added a new feature to Your Phone app using which users can directly access apps installed on an Android phone linked to Windows 10 PC. Microsoft is testing this feature with selected Samsung devices. Earlier Microsoft has added other features which include:
- Control your Music & Audio apps from within the Your Phone app
- Your Phone app has hidden copy text from an image feature
- Your Phone app to have Picture-in-Picture mode
- Your Phone app to have Device Status bar Indicators Soon
The applications will run in different flyout within Your Phone app. The feature makes the app more productive and lets you do the multitasking and save your time. You can pin Android apps to the Windows 10 Start menu or Taskbar for easy and quick access.
With the help of this feature, you can quickly check your social feed while wrapping up a conference or ordering your lunch. You can enjoy all this without picking up your phone.
- Make sure, you’re running Windows 10 October 2018 Update or later.
- Android phones running Android 9.0 or greater with the Link to Windows integration
- Your Windows 10 PC and Phone must be on the same Wi-Fi network
Run Android apps from Windows 10 Desktop using Your Phone app
In case, you’ve have supported device and want to try this new feature, then here’s what you need to do:
Open Quick Settings panel by swiping down from the top of the screen. Here, tap on the ‘Link to Windows‘.
Next, you need to launch Your Phone app on Windows 10 PC. Here, on the left side, you will find the new ‘Apps‘ tab switch to it.
On the right side, you will get a list of all the apps installed on your Android phone. You will see apps in two sections Favorites and All Apps.
Now if you click on any app from the list, Your Phone app will instantly connect to your phone and launch the app or game in different window within the app.
Since the feature is under development and testing, you might not enjoy flawless experience, but in my case everything was working fine and properly. Sometimes Your Phone apps automatically crashing when you’re using the app for a long time.
You can also share your feedback about this new feature to Microsoft. To send your feedback, Open Your Phone app > Settings > Send Feedback.
Is your device support this new feature available in Your Phone app? How is the experience while testing the app? Let us know in the comments.